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  • Cedar Key businesses open despite salty setback

    Chef Peter Leonauvicius, grilling and sautéing, doesn’t use a lot of fresh water in preparing food, and he doesn’t worry about the salty water he has to use to wash dishes. But he does worry that it will keep people away from Cedar key.
    “It’s not a health issue,” Leonauvicius, co-owner of Cedar Key’s Steamers Clam Bar and Grill, said Friday about the sodium chloride-laden water that has infiltrated the island’s water supply. “My main worry is about the loss of revenue. That’s the big deal.”

  • Barnes promoted to corporal

    Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Willie Pete Barnes, a K-9 officer, has been promoted to the rank of corporal in the Patrol Division.  Barnes has  a long record of distinguished service and an unwavering commitment to excellence in the field of law enforcement, according to the sheriff’s office press release. 

  • Hand grenades found on Rosewood property

    Last week, Todd Thompson, of Rosewood,made a very unusual discovery. Thompson had just moved to the area and was in the process of cleaning a portion of his property when he noticed two objects that only took only a second to identify; hand grenades.
    Everyone has seen them, in movies strapped to soldiers' chests, in pictures of  servicemen preparing to depart for battle. But who'd expect to find them in his or her own front yard?

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for June 28

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n June 19, Carrie Megan Berger, 29, Williston, aggravated battery. Bond $2,000.
    n June 20, Boyd Iris Chisolm, 52, Chiefland, assault with deadly weapon without intent to kill. Bond $30,000.
    n June 22, Peggy Congley, 43, Chiefland, two out of county warrants. Bond $1,000.
    n June 23, Samuel Joseph Debolt, 27, Bronson, DWLS. Bond $2,000.
    n June 21, Frantisca Ebeth Delpapa, 26, North Vernon, Ind., disorderly intoxication.

  • Celebrate the 4th

    If you are looking to celebrate this July 4th, there are several celebrations in Levy County that offer a fun-filled holiday.
    The party begins on Tuesday when Williston holds its Independence Day Celebration with a parade, festival and fireworks. On Wednesday morning the folks in Cedar Key will salute residents serving in the military with a red-white-and-blue celebration of flags and bunting, a reading of the honor roll of service members, a parade through the historic downtown and, later in the evening, with an impromptu fireworks show.

  • Road dedication to Chiefland veteran Friday

    The dedication of a section of U.S. Highway 19/ Main Street in honor of Army Sgt. Karl Campbell who died in combat in Afghanistan will be Friday at 4 p.m. at Depot Park.  In the event of foul weather the ceremony will be moved to Usher Community Center.
    State Rep. Leonard Bembry, sponsor of the bill in the Florida House to name the road for Campbell, will be in attendance, as will be a number of veterans organizations.

  • Water supply plan still years down the road

    Water district representatives at a meeting Monday night announced that a joint regional water supply plan already in the works would not be available until some time in 2015.
    The news came during the inaugural meeting of the recently formed North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership Stakeholder Advisory Committee held at the St. Johns River Water Management District headquarters in Palatka. About 60 people attended the meeting, which lasted about three hours.

  • City gets good financial report

    The city commission was warned by its auditor that it needs to watch how it spends its unrestricted fund because, at the current rate of spending, the cash will run out in two  and a half years.
    But the good news came that the city will be paying off its long-term debt in the next three years.

  • Debby brings much needed rain

    The biggest damage from Tropical Storm Debby seems to be in sinkholes opening in Chiefland, Williston and the county with wind and high water damage in Cedar Key where Dock Street took a lashing.
    Levy County Commission Chair Danny Stevens said the damage done on Sunday was continuing this week but was not as rough. "It's not as bad as it could be and that's about it," Stevens said. He said most folks were reporting downed limbs and only one tree of any size was down. But all the roads are open.

  • Road closings due to TS DEBBY

    Tropical Storm Debby Road Closure Update – Number 2
    Lake City  – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on road and bridge closures in Northeast Florida due to Tropical Storm Debby.
    Baker and Columbia County
    ·       I-10 between I-75 (Exit 296) and US 90 (Exit 324) is closed. Traffic is detoured to US 90 or I-75 to US 90.
    Baker County
    ·       SR 121 at Steel Bridge Road – partial closure